Welp, it’s no surprise to us that Calipari is a genius, but when you see direct proof of it, it can still be pretty amazing.
You may remember that Calipari spent some time last August coaching the Dominican National Team in preparation for the 2012 summer Olympics. In the course of that training, he got to spend some quality time with Edgar Sosa, Charlie Villanueva, and Al Horford.
It also set the foundation for a relationship with Karl Towns, a 6’11″ sophomore from New Jersey and one of the nation’s top players in the 2015 class. Adam Zagoria has a little scoop on the big man’s recruitment, and it’s no coincidence that Kentucky, with its head coach firmly entrenched with the Dominican team, features prominently.
Towns is considering several Big East, ACC, and Big Ten schools, but, according to his father, “[a]s you know, Kentucky’s always the top.”
Well said, sir. I like that guy already.
We all know Cal’s skill as a recruiter, but with so many schools in pursuit, you have to appreciate the difference that every little advantage can make. Spending an entire summer training with pros and practicing with Cal can’t hurt the Cats’ chances. At this point, you have to wonder if Cal is some kind of Nostradamus, and knew that coaching the Dominican team would have this kind of direct recruiting effect. To paraphrase strategist Sun Tzu, to see an opportunity when it is apparent to everyone is not very impressive. Cal has worked some sort of visceral wizardry here, and is reaping the benefits of being three steps ahead.
Towns Jr. himself has acknowledged the appeal of the Commonwealth’s team: “Kentucky’s a great school. I already took a nice visit down there. I think the school is just amazing. It’s just seeing how the future unfolds for me.”
We look forward to seeing how his future unfolds, as well. Consider yourself officially on the radar, Mr. Towns.